Accessible Learning

"Accommodating diversity benefits everyone."

This site offers practical resources to support UNB faculty in making university instruction more accessible to students of diverse abilities/disabilities, backgrounds, learning styles and interests through instructional techniques based on using a wide variety of:

  • Content presentation modes
  • Learning activities to engage students with the course content
  • Assessment options for students to demonstrate what they know and can do

A bird, a monkey, a penguin, a fish in a bowl, a seal, and a dog lined up in front of a human teacher at a desk, with a large tree behind the animals. The teacher says,

This accessible learning initiative has been undertaken to help implement the 2010 UNB Strategic Plan goals of increasing access to education for under-represented groups and providing a positive learning environment in which all are respected as individuals. By providing variety in presentation modes, learning activities, and assessment options, we accommodate diversity by using methods that benefit all students while maintaining academic rigour.  These instructional techniques are part of what is known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL).Cartoon Credit: Click Media

This page is co-sponsored by the Student Accessibility Centre (SAC) and the Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning (CETL). A UNB Accessible Learning Committee has been set up to provide resources and individual or group coaching in using accessible learning techniques. The committee has as members several faculty members with experience using such techniques.

Bringing it home:

Out of 100 students, between 3 and 4 will have a diagnosed disability. You are likely to have 1 student with ADHD, 1 with mental health issues (anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, mood disorder, OCD, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress), and 1 with a learning disability. A fourth is likely to have either a chronic health issue, brain injury, Asperger’s Syndrome, or physical, hearing or visual limitation.  These are the students who have documented disabilities and have registered with the UNBF Student Accessibility Centre - the actual incidence of many of these disabilities is likely much higher.  And of course the entire student body is made up of a wide diversity of backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities.

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The most frequently occurring disabilities are invisible.

View this UNB Student Accessibility Centre infographic to see details on the numbers of students by disability type registered with the Centre.


The following helpful resources have been created by other institutions and are being linked with permission.  


Duty to Accommodate

Universal Design for Learning

UDL Resource Portals

Contact information:

For information, advice or assistance with respect to Accessible Learning, please contact Kelley Bird, Director of Student Accessibility Center or Richard Duijnstee, Instructional Designer, Teaching and Learning Services.